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The Sort of Free Will That Wegner

The Sort of Free Will That Wegner

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Free Will

The sort of free will that Wegner supports is the free will that dictates that an “agent” has the ability to affect, or cause, an event. The ability to mentally conceive an action, perform the action, and subsequently feel or accept a sense of moral responsibility for said action is, according to Wegner, related to the consistency, priority, and exclusivity of the thought about the action prior to the actual performance of the action. But by proposing the simple idea that we have some sort of internal regulatory control; be it guilt, conscience, or “moral responsibility” could only insinuate that we have the freedom to choose to control or not control ourselves. With self regulation in place we then have the ability to choose our actions based on the control schema. By utilizing an example involving random and “uncontrolled” body movement, Wegner attempts to call into question the true “illusory” nature of our control. But as our conscious mental states are dependent upon our neural network, according to identity theorists such as Peter Carruthers, we can only assume that our limited understanding of what is truly going on inside of the brain is attributed to a misinterpretation of the movement. We can call some of them disease and others syndromes, but it could have the possibility of the mental exertion of free will. Some people who are limited in the control over themselves, and their minds, exhibit true free will be allowing themselves to have no control over their mind, or the actions that it induces the body to perform, it simply does the actions without a pre-cognition of the action itself. Finally by considering the idea of free will, and the lack of understanding of the natural processes as magical, we can only assume that his idea of personal identity is supported by the

ego theory, derived from Hume. Our experiences are simply a unity of conscious understandings and relations of our experiences. That there is a thinking self, and those who have no control over that, in my opinion are simply either defective, or are limited in their understandings of themselves and can therefore not control themselves. There is no “illusion” to the mind-body experience, no magic, we simply are and those who choose to limit themselves by believing in externally controlling forces are the travesties of man.

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